Oct 6, 2012 8:00pm PDT
on wednesday, as president barack obama, and mitt romney met for the first presidential debate and the candidates sparred as you heard over taxes and the deficit as well as health care. wall street reform and the role of government. with mitt romney taking some sharp shots at the president's record these past four years. >> we're seeing right now is, in my view, a trickle down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams and that's not working the. proof of that is 23 million people out of work and the proof one out of six people in poverty, the proof 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps the proof of that 50% of college graduates this year can't find work. >> paul: there's little doubt romney's commander performance helped the g.o.p. ticket. the question is, how much? let's ask wall street journal columnist and deputy editor dan henninger, mary anna stacia o'grady and kim strassel. dan, how important was this debate for mitt romney's candidacy. >> it was not only very important for mitt romney'
Oct 7, 2012 12:00pm PDT
, clinton showed was showed ten points behind. the next day she beat obama in new hampshire. >> she tears up and that moves 11 points in one day. >> she showed more authenticity and think voters were atrooktd that. >> john: authenticity is rare in politics and presidential campaigns and they strive to control everything by the consultants. bob beckel has counseled hundreds of candidates. >> it's theater of politics and trying to get people come into the theater and take a look and see if they like your play. >> john: here in cleveland the romney campaign is preparing. they are trying to get lots of people to watch. >> let's tighten that out a little bit. >> one presidential campaign in the fall involves 400 people, advance people, setting up the stage. >> check, one, two. >> a presidential campaign stop involves a lot of hard work. >> john: most are paid to do this. some are volunteers. the planning starts days early. >> we send people driving around and asking people, can we use campus green. >> bill ritter is director of operations for mitt romney. campaign staff make sure the right number